Acrylic on canvas.
61 x 92cm
“Śūnyatā, (Sanskrit meaning “Emptiness” or “Voidness”), is an important Buddhist teaching which claims that nothing possesses essential, enduring identity because everything is interconnected in a chain of co-becoming and in a state of constant flux. In various schools of Buddhism, Śūnyatā is a key concept used to express that everything one encounters in life is empty of absolute identity, permanence, or an in-dwelling ‘self’ because everything is inter-related and mutually dependent—never wholly self-sufficient or independent. The importance of this insight is especially emphasized in Mahayana Buddhism.” – www.newworldencyclopedia.org
Most of my art practice is now influenced by my practice as a secular Buddhist and my deep belief that we are all inextricably connected and that separateness is a trick of the function of consciousness. An alternate title that I considered giving this painting was “Clusterfuck of Skull Things”
Please note: This painting contains some florescent pigments. Though I use the highest quality florescent paints which are coated with a top of the range UV protective varnish, this artwork should not be exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time as there is a risk of colour fading. In fact, this rule should be applied to all paintings.
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